Prison Landscapes Photography

Tolles Fotoprojekt von Alyse Emdur, die seit 2005 Portraitfotos von Häftlingen sammelt, die jene vor den „In Prison Fotostudios“ machen: Das sind bunt bemalte Bilder von Stränden, Wasserfällen oder Landschaften auf Laken oder auf Wänden, vor denen die Knastis posieren. Exkapismus to the Max und das Wort Eskapismus hat noch nie soviel Sinn ergeben, wie hier. Toll!

Prison Landscapes is a monumental collection of photographs of prison inmates representing themselves in front of visiting room backdrops. Such backdrops, often painted by talented inmates, are used within the prisons as portrait studios. As inmates and their visitors pose for photos in front of these idealized landscapes they pretend, for a brief moment, that they are someplace else. The photographs are given to these visitors as gifts to take home and remember the faces of their loved ones while they are incarcerated.

Prison Landscapes explores this little known and largely physically inaccessible genre of painting and portraiture seen only by inmates, visitors, and prison employees. Created specifically for escape and self-representation, the idealized paintings of tropical beaches, fantastical waterfalls, mountain vistas, and cityscapes invite sitters to perform fantasies of freedom.

Creative Review hat ein kleines Preview, Prison Photography hat ein Interview mit der Dame: Prison Visiting Room Portraits, An Interview with Alyse Emdur

Seit ein paar Wochen gibt’s einen Bildband zum Projekt: Alyse Emdur: Prison Landscapes.